Law enforcement officials are continuing their search for an armed suspect who led sheriff’s deputies on a 20-mile pursuit, going at speeds in excess of 100 mph at times.

At 3 a.m. Monday, Marshall County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the 2200 mile of Sand Road. The vehicle was described as a black, 1996 Chevrolet Camaro and was registered to an associate of Thomas Daniel Sheets, 29, of Marshall County.

According to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the area and encountered a male subject on foot who was later identified as Sheets. A short standoff ensued, which eventually led to Sheets fleeing the area in the Camaro, leading deputies on approximately a 20-mile pursuit through Albion and the surrounding Marshall County area.

Subsequently, the suspect vehicle lost control, sliding off the roadway near the 1500 mile of Langford Avenue northwest of Albion, at which time Sheets fled the scene on foot. A perimeter of the area was set up with the assistance of the Marshalltown Police, State Center Police and the Iowa State Patrol. A Marshalltown Police K-9 unit was used to assist with the search in sub-zero temperatures. But after an approximate 3-1/2 hour search, the suspect was unable to be located.

During the course of the investigation, it was confirmed that Sheets was armed with a handgun during the initial encounter with deputies, according to the sheriff’s office. At this time, authorities consider him to be armed and dangerous. There is an active warrant for felony parole violation along with additional felony charges pending.

Those with knowledge of the whereabouts of Sheets should immediately contact law enforcement authorities.

In Marshall County, the public may submit information confidentially to the Crime Stoppers line by calling (641)753-1234, texting at 274637marshall (followed by your message) or by going online at

Courtesy of the Marshalltown Times


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